In June, San Francisco’s Refuse Rate Board approved Recology’s proposed rate structure, which is expected to offset the cost of a five-year labor agreement, a new landfill contract and trucks that had to be redesigned to accommodate an uptick in recyclable materials.
Owners and residents of small multifamily buildings are feeling the rate changes the most. Those with up to five units now pay triple the amount for service fees that are applied to every individual dwelling on the property and a higher amount for 16-gallon, 32-gallon and 64-gallon waste, recycling and compost bins.
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Chris Faust gasped when he opened the July garbage bill for his duplex in Noe Valley, thinking perhaps there had been a mistake.
It had shot up from $42.40 to $61.30 for the month — a 45 percent increase, significantly more than the 14 percent hike many city residents were expecting under a new rate structure.
“My first reaction was, ‘Oh, my gosh!’” said Faust, a middle school science teacher.